Dec 19, 2012 9:00pm PST
reaction? >> my reaction is, first off, on behalf of the entire michigan coalition for responsible gun ownership, first of all, i want to express sympathy to those who have lost loved ones. we have the goal of increasing safety and the reason i ended up in this decision is because we in your legislature what we thought was a common sense change to the create more safety. >> you wanted more guns? >> not more guns, but to allow those of us with licenses to go into more places. that's a little bit different. >> why do you not want to see assault rifles like the ar 15 banned, given they are devastating, they are military-grade weapons in many senses. they cause massive devastation. they can fire four to six bullets a second if primed properly. they can fire a hundred bullets in a minute. if people know what they're doing with them. this shooter took enough bullets to wipe out the entire school of 600 children and he could have done. why do you want these weapons on the streets of america? these are found on the battlefields of sar yafero, of syria? >> my thinking on this, they're out there
Dec 15, 2012 2:00am PST
of the campaign to prevent gun violence. the attorney for the michigan and responsible gun owners. let's start with you. you were pretty outspoken saying this is time to bring in new gun control laws. >> yes. if this doesn't wake us up, i don't know what will. i was heartened that the president said we had to take meaningful action and the only thing he can do is lead a crusade for reasonable gun control legislation in congress. these massacres are taking place more and more often. we saw bay the way today a similar incident in china where a mad man attacked an elementary school in china with a knife with 22 injured children. not dead. that's the difference. in the united states we have 9,000 people killed with guns last year in similar countries like germany, 170 and canada 150. there is a reason for that. >> what would you like to see in terms of specific gun control? >> there a number of pieces of legislation we have been pushing. no reasonable gun owner who is a sportsman can object to bans on assault weapons made only to kill as many human beings as possible like in a military situation.
Dec 16, 2012 6:00pm PST
and the attorney for the michigan coalition for responsible gun owners. i want your reaction, first of all, dan gross, what do you make of how the president said, and how serious do you think he is about actually doing something rather than just words? >> we're inspired. i mean, we're inspired to take him at his word. the president, since this has happened, has called for meaningful action. he's saying all the right things, and he's talking about all the right things. it's up to us, the american public now, including all the victims that have been impacted by these tragedies, to make sure he does take that action. those are the dots that need to be connected. this is the time. change has to happen. and this really is a pivotal moment in the history of this issue, and you can just sense it watching this tonight and seeing how that community is grieving and knowing how our whole nation is grieving. we do think this is a time for change and we do think president obama is going to lead us in the right direction. >> steve, the nature of this debate, i think, needs to be crystallized and clarified. t
Dec 1, 2012 12:00am PST
was honored at the cnn heroes all-star tribute where he first teamed up with rock icon and michigan native kid rock. >> i had the pleasure of him introducing me that night. we kept in touch and did a home together. he said he'd like to sponsor one. here we are today. >> my philosophy is always help your neighbor first. we find people who really want to better themselves who got a great attitude. >> sergeant daven dumar who lost his leg in an ied explosion continues treatment at the walter reed army medical center where he married his wife dana last year. they are planning to return to michigan to take their first steps as husband and wife. >> we both definitely want to move back here. so it will be nice and close to family. >> little do they know what wallwrath and kid rock have in store for their family. >> first of all, welcome home. >> thank you. >> thank you for your service. you have a brand new home coming right across the street. fully furnished top to bottom. >> thank you for your service. god bless.
Dec 19, 2012 6:00pm PST
of the michigan gun coalition, i want to express sympathy to the victims of this tragedy. we passed a common sense change to create more safety. >> you ordered more guns didn't you? >> more licenses to go into more places. that is a little bit different. >> why do you not want to see the ban? given that they are military grade weapons they cause massive devastation. they can fire four to six bullets a second. they can fire 100 bullets in a minute. this shooter took enough bullets to wipe out the entire school and could have done. why do you want these on the streets of america? >> they are not going to go away anytime soon. there is no law that you can pass that would have stopped the bullet that would have been lodged in my hip. >> what do you say to the families in sandy hook? sorry. this is the worst by far for any of the countries in the world. yet your answer is more guns. >> i have had conversations with individuals who save lives with guns. in more than one of the folks who have come through my class have saved lives with guns. they have protected themselves and their loved ones. we look at
Dec 15, 2012 12:00am PST
people and shouldn't be prohibited from carrying in schools or other places. in fact, the michigan legislature passed a bill last night and sent to the governor for signature a bill that would allow those of us who are licensed to take more day of training including range time and be able to carry in the places where we couldn't carry before. >> why on earth would you want more guns in schools after what happened today? >> here's why, piers. if we could suddenly make all guns disappear, i would have a different position. i spend a lot of time thinking about this and reading about this. i teach a class called gun control seminar and i get a new group of law students every term and we discuss this in detail. the simple facts are guns exist. they are essentially 1800s technology. even sell u automatics came into being in the late 1800s. they are easy to make and last several human lifetimes with minimal maintenance. since guns exist and we know for a fact that the only way to stop an evil person like the person you were discussing earlier in the show is to shoot them. >> hang on. this